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University Park, Pa. – The Nebraska baseball team (32-18-1, 14-7-1 Big Ten) fell to Penn State (18-35, 4-18 Big Ten) in the series opener, 8-7, at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park night.
Junior right-hander Jake Hohensee made his 13th start of the season, and went 5.1 innings, giving up four runs, all of which were earned. Robbie
Leadoff hitter Jake Meyers homered in the first at-bat of the game to left field, marking the first time since DJ Belfonte against Texas A&M on May 1,
Luis Alvarado was walked in the top of the second, but the Huskers couldn’t get another baserunner. The Nittany Lions had one baserunner reach on a throwing error by the third
Meyers walked after a flyout started the third for Nebraska. Meyers advanced to second on a passed
Luke Roskam walked in the
Mojo Hagge tripled in the top of the fifth and Meyers drove him in with a one-out single through the left side. Altavilla singled through the right side in the following at-bat, advancing Meyers to second. After a Scott Schreiber strikeout, Ben Miller hit an RBI single through the right side to tie the game at 3-3. Roskam struck out to end the inning. Hohensee retired all three Nittany Lion batters.
Jake Schleppenbach reached on a hit-by-pitch in the sixth and advanced to second on a passed
In the top of the seventh, Meyers was walked and advanced to third on an Altavilla single to right field. Schreiber grounded
Wilkening doubled in the leadoff spot in the top of the eighth. Schleppenbach grounded out in the subsequent at-bat, advancing Wilkening to third. Meyers was walked for the third time of the night after back-to-back outs. Altavilla ripped a double down the right field line, which scored both Wilkening and Meyers and gave NU a 6-4 lead. Schreiber drove in
PSU had a leadoff single in the eighth, and also drew a walk. Luensmann came in and forced two groundouts, but Penn State scored on an error by Miller.
In the top of the ninth, all three Husker batters were retired. Penn State scored three runs off two hits to complete the comeback, as two Huskers committed errors.
Game 2 of the three-game set between the Huskers and Nittany Lions is set for at .